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EDUC6403 DETS(A) Dissertation (B)

Module Overview

The dissertation builds on work undertaken across other modules and provides you with an opportunity to undertake a piece of independent research in a chosen topic. Normally, your dissertation will be individually supervised.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the research process and understand methods of data collection and analysis and apply them in a self-reliant manner
  • Analyse and synthesise research findings
  • Produce and present a carefully argued dissertation
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the approaches by which research and critical awareness of debates in education can be utilised to construct a scholarly argument.
  • Critically evaluate an appropriate range of relevant primary source materials and arguments reflected in other sources and propose a relevant area of investigation
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of your chosen dissertation project, its potential impact on practice and the range of relevant scholarly literature and source materials
  • Choose and evaluate a feasible independent research design, project plan and structure
  • Devise appropriate research questions
  • Devise appropriate research methods to undertake a research project
  • Acquire appropriate Ethical and Research Governance approvals
  • Demonstrate an understanding of data collection and analysis methods

Syllabus

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Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

In studying this module you will cover aspects of the following: - Strategies for focusing and managing the research process. - Quantitative and qualitative methodologies and approaches to research. - Key data collection methods (surveys, interviews, focus groups, observation). - Methods for analysing and interpreting data. - Dissertation writing and presentation skills

TypeHours
Independent Study150
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Muijs, D. (2004/8). Doing Quantitative Research in Education with SPSS. 

McNiff, J., & Whitehead, J. (2002). Action Research: Principles and Practice. 

Neuendorf, K. (2002). The Content Analysis Guidebook. 

Wengraf, T. (2002). Qualitative Research Interviewing. 

Hopkins, D. (2002). A Teacher's Guide to Classroom Research. 

Strauss, A. and J. Corbin (1990). Basics of Qualitative Research. 

Krippendorff, K. (2004). Content Analysis: An Introduction to its Methodology. 

Kvale, S. (2008). Interviews: Learning the Craft of Qualitative Research Interviewing. 

Punch, K. (2009). Introduction to Research methods in Education. 

Willig, C. (2008). Introducing Qualitative Research in Psychology. 

Bell, J. (2005). Doing your research project: a guide for first-time researchers in education, health and social science. 

Wragg, E. (1999). An Introduction to Classroom Observation. 

Lichtman, M. (2010). Qualitative Research in Education- A User's Guide. 

Yin, R. (2004). The Case Study Anthology. 

Oppenheim, A. (2000). Questionnaire Design. 

Rubin, I., & Rubin, H. (2005). Qualitative Interviewing: The Art of Hearing Data. 

Guba, E., & Lincoln, Y. (1998). Competing paradigms in Qualitative research . In Denzin, N. & Lincoln, Y. (eds). The Landscape of Qualitative Research: Theories and Issues. 

Patton, M. (2002). Qualitative Research and Evaluation Methods. 

Fink, A. (1998). Conducting Research Literature Reviews. 

Creswell, J. (2002). Research Design: Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches. 

Fink, A. (2009). How to conduct Surveys: A Step by Step Guide. 

Assessment

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Diligence and Initiative  (17000 words) 100%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework assignment(s) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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